Longhorns lose two to Clayton

William Thompson

• Game 1
The Logan varsity baseball team was blanked 12-0 by the Clayton Yellow Jackets in the first game of a doubleheader on a hot, sunny Friday at Logan field.

The Longhorns managed only one hit, a single by starting pitcher Colton Kulback. Kulback pitched well early. He retired the side in both the first and second innings, but the Longhorns could not generate any offense when it was their turn at the plate. Longhorn Coach Nick Knippa said his team typically keeps their games close early but their errors mount as the games progress. “We always start out well, but we can’t finish well,” said Knippa. “We are a young team. We have two seniors, and no juniors. We only have nine players.”

In the top of the third inning Kulback gave up his first hit of the game, and the floodgates opened for the Clayton hitters. The Yellow Jackets scored five runs in the inning.
Coach Knippa said good hitting is what Clayton is known for. “They were hitting the ball hard and hitting it in the gaps,” said Knippa. “We had a young pitcher on the mound today.”
The Yellow Jackets added three runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the fifth inning. To add insult to injury, Clayton infielders executed a sharp double play in the bottom of the fifth inning as Logan could not get on track from the batter’s box.

Coach Knippa reflected on his team’s mental state after another tough loss. “Our mental state is still pretty good,” said Knippa. “We are tired of losing, but we come ready to play every game.”
Runs Hits Errors
Logan 0 1 1
Clayt 12 10 0

• Game 2
The Longhorns lost 13-5 in the second game, but Coach Knippa was happy that his team showed power from the plate. The Longhorns had 10 hits in the second game.
“It took us awhile to get started,” said Knippa. “I think the players were a little more relaxed in the second game. They had more fun, and that made it easier for them to hit better.”
Logan’s resurgence on the offensive end was not enough to counter the Clayton scoring machine. The Yellow jackets scored ten runs by the end of the third inning.
Logan’s offense was provided by Andrew Sandoval, Brett Sanders and William Dauphinais. Sanders and Sandoval each doubled in the third inning, and Dauphinais hit a solo homer in the fifth inning.
Coach Knippa hinted that the loss was due to Clayton being a more experienced team.
“Clayton’s players hit the ball really hard,” said Knippa. “They are just a well-rounded team.”
Runs Hits Errors
Logan 5 10 7
Clayt 13 16 1